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  1. 2nd Inf Div soldiers could earn the right to wear the division patch as a combat unit shoulder sleeve insignia from 1968 to 1973 if they served north of the Imjin River (e.g., adjacent to or within the DMZ). In 1973, hostile fire pay was discontinued for Korea. Soldiers qualified for HFP if they were assigned north of the Imjin River during a given month. After six months of HFP, they earned an overseas bar for wear on their Class A uniform, and the right to wear the 2nd ID patch on their right sleeve when they departed Korea.
  2. In the 1970s, Tae Kwan Do was a mandatory part of physical training throughout the 2nd Infantry Division (along with the standard push-ups, sit-ups, and run). At least in the direct support Field Artillery battalion I was in, we had one or more Black Belt KATUSA soldiers in each battery. Soldiers could take additional Tae Kwan Do lessons on their own time after duty hours. Many units had Tae Kwan Do teams, and there was competition across the division. Guessing these two are winners of one of those tournaments. Muhammed Ali made a 3-day trip to Korea in late June 1976, including a visit t
  3. In 1978, I had a female sergeant assigned to the Service Battery I commanded in Germany (1st Infantry Division Forward). She was from the Division Support Command element -- and attached to my supply section. She went with my unit to the field just like everyone else in the battery.
  4. Colonel John W. Paddock, Commanding Officer, 155th Airborne Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion, 17th Airborne Division (photo likely taken in the fall of 1944 in England, prior to the division deploying to fight in the Battle of the Bulge).
  5. Colonel Thomas S. Gunby, Executive Officer, 17th Airborne Division Artillery (photo likely taken in the fall of 1944 in England, prior to the division deploying to fight in the Battle of the Bulge). 17th Division Artillery Commander was BG Joseph V. Phelps
  6. The 82nd Airborne Division tended to march to its own drumbeat. In the mid-1970s, the 82nd Abn Div was wearing maroon berets, though they were not authorized by AR 670-1. I (along with three other officers) was sent TDY to the Field Artillery Survey Officer's Course at Ft Sill, OK (target acquisition and surveying in artillery batteries were taught there) in spring 1974. All of us young lieutenants from the 82nd Abn DIVARTY were told when we arrived that we were not permitted to wear the maroon berets while at Ft Sill. We initially told them to pound sand - we were TDY and not assigned to
  7. The 56th Artillery Group (later 56th Artillery Brigade; later 56th Artillery Command) was the Pershing missile unit in Germany from 1964 until the missiles were withdrawn from service after the INF Treaty was signed. The 56th consisted of three Pershing missile battalions (1-41 FA in Schwabisch-Gmund, 3-84 FA in Neckarsulm and Heilbronn, and 1-84 FA in Neu Ulm), plus an infantry battalion for local defense (2-4 Inf with companies in Heilbronn, Kornwestheim, and Neu Ulm), a chemical decon detachment, and a maintenance battalion. To the best of my knowledge, the 2-4 Inf was one of o
  8. Notice on the 6 April 1948 color photo of the return to the Capitol of the national flag which had flown there on 7 Dec 1941, and then been raised over Rome, Berlin, and Tokyo, that the Army colonel on the far right (with back to the camera) is wearing riding breeches and riding boots with spurs. The other officers in the same row on the steps of the Capitol all have on Military District of Washington SSI, and I presume he does as well - though I cannot blow up the picture with enough clarity to be sure. Below is a photo from the other side of the Capitol, showing the officer on the right.
  9. Here is a color newsreel film of MacArthur showing the flag raising at the reopened US Embassy in Tokyo in September 1945. https://archive.org/details/42874MacarthurFootage
  10. Here is a link to a color newsreel film taken during the flag raising in Berlin in July 1945. http://footage.framepool.com/en/shot/356885643-henry-l-stimson-george-patton-flag-ceremony-lucius-clay
  11. On 7 Dec 1941, a Congressman from Texas introduced a motion that the flag flying over the Capitol was to be preserved - and flown over Tokyo once the U.S. had defeated them. When Germany and Italy declared war on the United States, the motion was amended to include Rome and Berlin. This flag was subsequently raised over Rome (on 4 July 1944), Berlin (on 25 July 1945), and Tokyo (in September 1945) - as each was occupied by the U.S. Army. President Truman raised the flag over what later became Clay Kaserne in Berlin when he was in the city for the Potsdam Conference. In this photo (6
  12. Captain Roger Donlon was the first Medal of Honor winner in Vietnam. (He also was the reviewing officer for the annual parade of the 1st Junior ROTC Brigade in El Paso, TX in 1968. Back then, JROTC was mandatory for all high school students in Texas - for at least two years. The 1st JROTC Brigade had 11 battalions of cadets -- one for each high school in El Paso. There was another JROTC Brigade in Ysleta, TX -- just to the south of El Paso -- which had another 10 battalions of cadets. Different times.)
  13. Thanks -- great information.
  14. Noticed that MG Miles is wearing his old colonel's overcoat in both photos (with 5 rows of braid on the sleeve) and a non-regulation sword belt / slings. He also has a distinctive collar trim on the second photo. You cannot see the cuff braid in that photo. In the painting below of LTG Miles, he has clearly designed his own cuff and collar braid, and his own shoulder knots. In the second photo, LTG Miles is wearing a unique white M1902 visor cap (with just two stars above the eagle, even though he was a 3-star at that point) with his full-dress blue uniform.
  15. There is an interesting helmet for sale on e-Bay. It is an early M1881 body style but with the M1872 eagle plate & plume socket, as well as the chain-link rosette side buttons for the chin chain (all with heavy white-gold gilt). Heavy gold braided cords on the helmet. It has 2 stars affixed to the front of the eagle plate, and the name Nelson A. Miles embossed in gold on the inside of the helmet. It has a white feather plume in the M1872 plume holder, rather than the authorized yak tail plume. Regular cloth lining found in officer's helmets of the period. This could be dism
  16. Here is a photo of the cold weather cap worn with the Army Service Uniform (same midnight blue color as the dress blue coat). The green version was worn with the old green Class A uniform & overcoat when not in formation (e.g., optional purchase). Wore this when attending ceremonies with the German Army in northern Germany in the dead of winter. Not stylish, but certainly beats frost-bitten ears! This is an issue item for the 3rd Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) because they perform ceremonies outdoors in the middle of winter in their dress uniforms. Similar to issuing the
  17. Wider, deeper, flatter cap brim (1910-1912 timeframe). This is closer to the brim on the cap you have. Narrower, shallower, more vertical cap brim (1902 timeframe). This is closer to the brim on the cap 2LT Gordon is wearing. Both are more than 50 years later - but the Army didn't "waste" leather on big cap brims in the early years.
  18. The brim on the hat you have appears to be both 'wider' and 'longer' than the one on the hat Gordon is wearing. It's more like the M1912 version of the dress cap. Agree that the fabric colors are very vibrant for a hat that is more than 170 years old. That said, I have an officer's M1902 dress cap that looks like it just came off the shelf - complete with gold bullion eagle embroidered on the front of the cap that has absolutely no tarnish. The oldest 'original' military hat I've got is an 1872 staff officer's chapeau. The cloth & gold tassels are in excellent condition; on
  19. George H. Gordon, USMA '46 (classmate of Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson) was commissioned a brevet 2LT in the Mounted Rifles upon graduation. I've attached a 'flipped' copy of the photo of him wearing the wheel cap -- with the saber & sash on the officer's left and the jacket buttoning properly. You can compare the hat you have to the one in the Mexican War era photo. From the Cullum Register of USMA graduates (highlighted his Mexican War service; he went on to become a MG of Volunteers during the Civil War): Vol. II p291 1314 (Born Mas.)
  20. The insignia on the cap and collar appear to be that of the 4th Regiment of Field Artillery (Mountain), organized 13 June 1904 at Vancouver Barracks, Washington, under the command of COL Alexander B. Dyer, Jr. It consisted of a Headquarters and six firing batteries. A Battery (formed from the former 26th Battery); B Battery (formed from the former 28th Battery); C Battery (formed from the former 23rd Battery); D Battery (formed from the former 27th Battery); E Battery (organized June 1907); and F Battery (organized June 1907). The 4th Field Artillery served during the Mexican Punitive Exped
  21. This appears to be the Field Artillery insignia adopted in 1904 (a caisson wheel on a disc, superimposed on the crossed cannon), rather than the Coast Artillery insignia (an artillery shell on a disc, superimposed on the crossed cannon). It would be very unusual for a Coast Artillery officer below the rank of Major to be mounted, whereas every Field Artillery officer would ride a horse.
  22. Thanks - that makes sense. WRT ribbons, I figured the Occupation ribbon (First Army HQ was initially slated to go from Europe to the Pacific to participate in Operation Downfall in 1946, but after 11 straight months in combat, many individuals transferred to Third Army or Ninth Army, rather than opt to fight another foe), the WWII Victory Medal ribbon, the American Theater ribbon, and the European Theater ribbon (with four stars - Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace, and Central Europe). He might have earned a Bronze Star in Europe, especially if he was in one of the FA G
  23. In my original post, I indicated it was a M1942 jacket, which is not technically correct. The male officer's winter service uniform in 1941 consisted of a 4 button, 4 pocket coat of finer wool fabric in olive drab shade No. 51 ("dark-shade" i.e. a very dark forest green with brownish hue), nicknamed "greens". The coat was worn with a russet brown leather Sam Brown belt until 1942 when the leather belt was replaced by a cloth belt of matching fabric to the coat. Officers could wear trousers matching the color and fabric of the coat, or optionally they were allowed taupe colored, trouse
  24. I acquired a M1942 officer's uniform (with the vented pleats at the back) worn by a field artillery officer who served with First Army in WWII. He obviously continued to wear the same uniform long after the war, because his overseas bars are on the right sleeve (which did not happen until 1953). The uniform has a First Army insignia on the right sleeve, and a Fourth Army insignia on the left sleeve. The right sleeve also has four overseas bars and a Meritorious Service Unit Insignia (wreath) - probably the one awarded to Fourth Army, since it did not serve in combat during WWII. First
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